Citizens of the same language

The Government Portuguese took measures last week that we can call innovative and disruptive to facilitate the immigration of citizens of the Portuguese-speaking community who want to move to the Portuguese country.

The creation of a longer visa (180 days) that allows the legal entry of emigrants from Portuguese-speaking countries in Portugal, with the aim of “just” looking for work there, is a real invitation to go live in the land of pulas. This is very relevant because Portugal needs people to reverse the country’s aging and Portuguese-speaking countries need the European market to grow.

This measure comes in a very good time for the Portuguese and is a good response to the negative propaganda operation that was generated in a morning of queues – purposeful or pointed – that the agents involved in airport affairs, public and private, recently caused in Lisbon.

Because what is relevant to emphasize about the future of relations between Portugal, Brazil and the countries of the language of Camões, Luandino, Couto and Amado, are not the rows of momentary airports, but rather the background policies that need to be implemented. We know that you can count on the opposition of the European Union, but it would be wise if the Portuguese institutions did not give rise to an ever unnecessary bad national image.

The Government of Lisbon anticipating European security issues that are being imposed by the new political reality of the protracted war in Ukraine, on the one hand; and the urgent need to combat the demographic risk that the Portuguese nation is experiencing, on the other; are the focal points where the future of the relationship between Portugal and Brazil is played (and the other CPLP countries).

Portugal needs good immigration and vind@s investment from Brazil, Angola and Portuguese-speaking countries, just as Brazil, Angola and other countries need a gateway to a European market where the center of consumer decision-making will gradually move to the Atlantic.

The Prime Minister of the Portuguese knows this and will seek to fight in the European Union for a special regime for citizens of Portuguese-speaking countries. He will try to approve – or at least allow – the creation of a first “citizenship of the language” in universal history.